The Common Good Soup Kitchen


We are a non-profit community based organization dedicated to promoting health, nutrition, and fellowship, among the residents of Mount Desert Island


On Mount Desert Island, Maine, winter can mean six months of isolation
and tough times, as year-round residents hunker down through the cold season.

Larry Stettner and friends argued about the need to radically rethink the concept of the soup kitchen, emphasizing true community building along with incorporating healthy and locally sourced food. The kitchen opened with unique cooking philosophy:

Today access to whole foods, local organic foods, and sustainable fisheries is more important than ever for our well-being. But, because of economic inequities, good whole food is once again hard to get. Organic foods are largely available to the wealthiest and most privileged among us. Let us break down the bastions and make natural, whole food—including organically based soups—for everyone.

In November 2009, the Common Good Soup Kitchen opened its doors to the public, offering free soup , fresh popovers (A common good staple) as well as live music and a place for locals to gather, interact, and help each other. In its first winter of operation, the Common Good served over 10,000 bowls of soup to the community.

Unfortunately, Larry passed away in 2017 but his legacy lives on with the staff and volunteers that make it their mission to make sure our community is taken care of.


Proudly serving the needs of our community since 2009

Winter Food Pantry

Sundays 1pm-2:30pm

In September of 2019 we added a food pantry to better serve our community members.  We offer healthy grocery items donated by local businesses.

All residents in our service area are welcome.

Home Delivery

Fridays between 11am-1pm

Run entirely by donations, grants, and volunteer labor, the café also runs a distribution program to deliver fresh soup and other pantry staples to senior residences and others who cannot make it out to the café or are dealing with food insecurity.

Please contact us if you know a person in need of home delivery:  207-244-3007

Winter Lunches

After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments in the state of Maine, we have made the tough decision to postpone our upcoming Winter Lunch events until further notice.

We understand this news is disappointing, however the continued health and safety of our community takes priority. Once we feel we can safely serve the community again in person, we will update both the website and social media with more information.

Get Involved


As the winter continues we expect an increase in demand and need your help to ensure the continued availability of our programs.


Your generous donations help us to continue to serve our community. Much of our annual budget comes from individual donors and we appreciate your support!

+ (207) 244-3007